Weekend Concierge

Apr 032017
 

ENTERCOM Alternative WSFS (104.3 The Shark) is bringing the Undertow Music Festival 2017 to the Pompano Beach Amp during the Memorial Day weekend. The alternative music festival will feature Grouplove, K.Flay, Milky Chance, Dreamers, Coin, The Unlikely Candidates and The Heydaze.  The day-long festival begins at Noon on May 28th and continues till 10pm at The Amp (Pompano Beach Amphitheater).

Grouplove, the indie rock back formed in 2009, will headline the festival. The band features Hannah Hooper (vocals, keyboards), Christian Zucconi (vocals, guitar), Sean Gadd (bass), Andrew Wessen (guitar, vocals), and Ryan Rabin (drums). The band will be singing all their hits including “Colours,” “Tongue Tied,” “Ways to Go,” and “Welcome to Your Life” from their current studio album, Big Mess.

Milky Chance is a German folk group featuring lead vocalist and guitarist Clemens Rehbein, DJ, producer Philipp Dausch, and guitarist Antonio Greger. Having appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live, the band’s style integrates elements of Folk, Reggae and Jazz.

Los Angeles trio Dreamers consists of Nick Wold (vocals/guitar), Nelson (bass/vocals), and Jacob Wick (drums). The band was chosen over 500 other acts to open for Stone Temple Pilots in 2015. Currently the band is touring North America performing top hits including “Wolves,” “Drugs,” and “Sweet Disaster.”

Coin is an American Indie pop band formed in 2012 in Nashville and features Chase Lawrence (lead vocals, synthesizers), Ryan Winnen (drums), Joe Memmel (lead guitar, backing vocals) and Zachary Dyke (bass guitar). Top songs include “Run,” “I Would,” and “Talk Too Much.”

Based in Ft. Worth, Texas, The Unlikely Candidates is an alternative rock band initially formed as an acoustic duo by childhood friends Kyle Morris and Cole Male, then expanded to include guitarist Brenton Carney, bassist Jared Hornbeek, and drummer Kevin Goddard.  Building from strength to strength in recent years, The Unlikely Candidates signed to Another Century Records in 2016 and crashed Alternative Rock radio with two infectious singles, “Your Love Could Start a War” and “Ringer.”

New York-based group The Heydaze features vocalist Jesse Fink, guitarist Andrew Spelman, drummer Tyler Matte, and bassist Alexander. The band notes that their apparent camaraderie is imperative to their studio experience and live show. But their chemistry also translates into the music itself, allowing The Heydaze to create and hone a unique blend of pop and alt-rock, with messaging that truly resonates.
Tickets: $30-$95   www.1043theshark.com
For more information www.theamppompano.org or call 954-519-5500

Other upcoming shows at The Amp:

5/19 George Thorogood (8pm)  Tickets: $29-$79 via  www.ticketmaster.com
7/15 Pure Prairie League, Poco and Firefall
8/19 I Love the 90’s with Salt n Pepa, Vanilla Ice and Coolio
9/16 Clint Black
Undertow Grouplove
 April 3, 2017  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
Mar 292017
 
Biscuit Fest
The Funky Biscuit hosts the 6th Annual Biscuit Fest on Thursday March 30th through Sunday April 2nd in Boca Raton. Biscuit Fest 6 presents a wide variety of styles including extreme funk, soul, R&B, jazz, jam and blues which represents the overall eclecticism that is brought to South Florida audiences by The Funky Biscuit week after week. The artists presented are some of the biggest names on the national scene! This year Biscuit Fest 6 has a stacked lineup including:
THURSDAY, MARCH 30TH – ERIC KRASNO BAND
Biscuit Fest 6 kicks off with the Eric Krasno Band at The Funky Biscuit with special guests Lemon City Trio! For nearly two decades, Eric Krasno has been an omnipresent figure in popular music. We’ve heard his virtuous, innovative guitar playing with Soulive and Lettuce (both of which he co-founded), seen him onstage supporting the likes of the The Rolling Stones and The Roots, watched him take home multiple GRAMMY Awards, and benefited from his deft, behind-the-scenes work as a producer and songwriter for everyone from Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and 50 Cent to Talib Kweli, Aaron Neville, and Allen Stone. Most recently Krasno has released a rousing new solo album ‘Blood From A Stone’ and reveals a previously unknown and utterly compelling side of his artistry.
Main SqueezeFRIDAY, MARCH 31 – THE MAIN SQUEEZE
The Main Squeeze is a raging funk experience born within the thriving live music scene of Bloomington, Indiana. Since coming together in late 2009 The Main Squeeze have managed to establish a unique sound and identity in a short period of time. The Main Squeeze is like mid 70’s Stevie Wonder meets the Red Hot Chili Peppers. A band that pumps out a seamless groove that blends equal parts soul, funk and rock ‘n’ roll and delivers soulful vocals, intricate jams, tight grooves and powerful solos. Picture that and you have a pretty good idea of what THE MAIN SQUEEZE will bring when they throw down on the second night of Biscuit Fest 6!
The third night of Biscuit fest 6 brings Oteil Burbridge’s Bureau Of Sabotage! This is an incredible supergroup of stellar musicians that features on bass Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band, Dead & Company., Col.Bruce Hampton and The Aquarium Rescue Unit), on guitar John Kadlecik (Dark Star Orchestra, Furthur, Phil Lesh & Friends), on keyboards Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits) and on drums Jeff Franca (Theivery corporation). Also on the bill, very special guests local faves Crazy Fingers to get the evening started!
Blues JamSUNDAY, APRIL 2ND BLUES JAM
Closing out Biscuit Fest 6 The Funky Biscuit will bring you a music summit featuring six string wunderkind Matt Schofield, blues-rock big dog’s the Albert Castiglia Band, Levon Helm collaborator Chris O’Leary and The Chris O’Leary Band and go-to sideman and frequent guest of Gov’t Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Allman Brothers Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Widespread Panic, eximious saxman Mr. Ron Holloway!
Each night of Biscuit Fest 6 features artists at large Ron Holloway and south Florida native and sacred steel virtuoso Roosevelt Collier!
More info and tickets available (while supplies last) at: www.funkybiscuit.com
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Mar 292017
 

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —  The Fort Lauderdale Beach business community, through its free 36-week live music series, Friday Night Sound Waves, is bringing both people and community partners together during the 2017 season. With more than 20 local business and corporate sponsors offering support and resources, Friday Night Sound Waves is poised to shine a brighter spotlight on local talent and all that Fort Lauderdale Beach has to offer.

The most notable partners collaborating with Friday Night Sound Waves in its second year are series sponsors Southwest Airlines® and Florida Power & Light.

As the official airline sponsor of Friday Night Sound Waves, Southwest® will host eight shows featuring the Southwest Lounge, a space for community partners and guests to gather together to enjoy the night’s performances. The Southwest Lounge will welcome guests with comfortable seating, beach umbrellas, beach mats to lay on the sand, and signature Southwest snacks to enjoy at each of the weekly events.  At each Southwest sponsored show, concertgoers will also have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win round trip travel.

Come June, the airline best known for Low Fares and Bags Fly Free, will participate in the return of the Friday Night Sound Waves popular summer campaign, The Great Beach Getaway Giveaway. Southwest will help Sound Waves organizers host national fly-in contests through June and July, as well as opportunities for local residents to enter for a chance to win flights to new nonstop destinations from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, including Belize, Cancun, Grand Cayman, and Montego Bay.

“At Southwest, we connect people to what is important in their lives, and that work continues beyond the airport and into the communities we serve,” said Southwest Airlines Senior Vice President Steve Goldberg. “We look forward to being a part of Friday Night Sound Waves and further introduce our Customers to the additional international destinations we will soon offer from their local airport in Ft. Lauderdale.”

Friday Night Sound Waves organizers received a sponsorship from FPL that made the special lighting requirements of this event possible. “We strive to support the communities that we serve to make Florida a better place to work, live and raise a family,” said Juliet Roulhac, regional manager, external affairs, FPL.

“Corporate and community partnerships are vital to the sustainability of the Friday Night Sound Waves as a free event for all to enjoy,” said series producer, Arianne Glassman. “With both the financial and in-kind support of our nearly two dozen partners, we are able to further invest in Fort Lauderdale Beach as a place for both our locals and visitors to enjoy.”

The Fort Lauderdale Beach Business Improvement District (BID), comprised of many of the businesses located along A1A, is the series’ major funding partner. In addition, the series second year sponsors include both new and returning sponsors including the Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Visit Florida, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, It’s Better On the Beach Restaurant Group, Modelo Especial, Blue Chair Bay Rum, Bahia Mar Resort Fort Lauderdale Beach and Modera Port Royale.

“We are also extremely grateful for our media partners who help us spread the word to promote the area and talented local musicians,” said Glassman.

Entercom Radio, the series official radio partner, will host weekly games and prizes represented by each of the national media outlet’s four South Florida stations, including The Beach 102.7 FM, The Shark 104.3 FM, Lite 101.5 FM, 790 AM The Ticket. The Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB will also broadcast live from The Hub on their new Sunny TV station, every first Friday between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Additional media partners and friends include Fort Lauderdale Magazine, TravelHost FTL, Water Taxi, Sun Trolley, Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, The Las Olas Association, The Central Beach Alliance and the Ford Lauderdale Air Show.

Friday Night Sound Waves is a free 36-week live music series that runs March through November. Each week, locals and visitors are encouraged to slide off their shoes and slip into the weekend to enjoy local and regional musical talent perform Friday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Fort Lauderdale Beach Hub on the corner of Las Olas Boulevard and A1A. To view the complete performance line up, offers from series sponsors, and special tribute and awareness nights, visit www.FridayNightSoundWaves.com. For sponsorship opportunities and additional information, please email [email protected]

About the Beach BID:
The Fort Lauderdale Beach Business Improvement District’s (BID) primary focus is to market Fort Lauderdale Beach as a premier destination to locals and visitors from around the globe. Through private investment by businesses and residents between its governing boundaries along A1A from Harbor Drive to Sunrise Boulevard, they aim to enhance one’s experience. To learn more about the different places to “Dine, Discover, Stay and Play” on the beach, visit the BID sponsored website www.MyFortLauderdaleBeach.com, or connect via social media on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Pinterest.

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Mar 272017
 
Chinese Lantern Festival

Hanart Culture’s Chinese Lantern Festival is a showcase of 800 illuminated lantern displays and live Kung Fu shows and an exhibition of Chinese art and culture on the grounds of the Sunset Cove Amphitheater. Featured attractions also include dinosaur rides, Oriental crafts, food, and interactive Kung Fu and Martial Arts lessons on stage for visitors by Martial Arts Experts of the Kung Fu Embassy.  The Chinese Lantern Festival begins February 24th and continues every Wednesday through Sunday, 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m through April 9, 2017 at Boca Raton’s South County Regional Park, located at 12551 Glades Road in Boca Raton.

This year’s theme, “The Wild,” offers an enchanting safari for visitors to walk through. From lions, giraffes, and pandas to pre-historic dinosaurs, these life-size works of art take the forms of animals representing all four corners of the earth including Africa, Asia/Europe, the Americas, and Antarctica. Each location scene is set in beautiful dreamscapes of light, color, sound, and motion—delivering an unparalleled experience.

The closing reception for The Chinese Lantern Festival, will be held Friday, April 7th at 7 p.m. will have a focus on Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange. It coincides with the dates of the Chinese President Xi Jinping meeting with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago. In addition to entertainment and a roped off area for VIPs, attendees will be reminded of a reference back to the Nixon era of Ping-Pong Diplomacy. Some of the best players in the United States will be attending for exhibition play, including Terese Terranova – a two-time paralympic gold medal winner and the president of the Broward County Table Tennis Club.

For additional information and interviews with table tennis players, event producer, or members of the Kung Fu Embassy call Linda Hamburger at (954) 945-5656 or email linda linda (AT) hanartculture.com

About the Chinese Lantern Festival in Boca Raton

To create the Chinese Lantern Festival’s dreamscapes of light and color, a team of professional artists from China spent weeks in a temporary “lantern factory” and working onsite to commission unique works of artistry. The artists used a combination of steel, rayon and satin for some designs, while fusing paint, ceramic and glass for others. Almost 30,000 hours were dedicated to completing the entire 2017 exhibit.

Tickets

Admission tickets are $25 at the door/$22 online for adults, and $15 at the door/$12.50 online for children ages 4-12. Admission is free for children ages 3 and younger. Special discount rates are also available online for groups of 12 or more. Discounts are provided to members of the armed forces, veterans, seniors and college students.

Food Trucks will be onsite every Wednesday and Thursday evening to complement the Chinese cuisine which will also be available throughout the event.

More info and tickets available at: www.chineselanternfestival.com

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Mar 222017
 

The Pompano Beach Amp and AEG Live are proud to present the legendary Buddy Guy. The 80 year old singer/guitarist a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Opening for Guy will be  blues super group, The Rides.

 

 

The list of accolades that Buddy Guy has received could fill pages, but here are a few highlights: 7 GRAMMY Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, 34 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), The Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts.  In addition, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #23 in its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”

Still influencing the musical landscape, Buddy Guy released his brand new studio album “Born To Play Guitar” on July 31, 2015 via Silvertone/RCA Records, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Albums chart.  This was a follow-up to his 2013 first-ever double disc release, “Rhythm & Blues,” which also debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Albums chart.

 

Though Buddy Guy will forever be associated with Chicago, his story actually begins in Louisiana. One of five children, he was born in 1936 to a sharecropper’s family and raised on a plantation near the small town of Lettsworth, located some 140 miles northwest of New Orleans. Buddy was just seven years old when he fashioned his first makeshift “guitar”—a two-string contraption attached to a piece of wood and secured with his mother’s hairpins.

In 1957, he took his guitar to Chicago, where he would permanently alter the direction of the instrument, first on numerous sessions for Chess Records playing alongside Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, and the rest of the label’s legendary roster, and then on recordings of his own. His incendiary style left its mark on guitarists from Jimmy Page to John Mayer. “He was for me what Elvis was probably like for other people,” said Eric Clapton at Guy’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2005. “My course was set, and he was my pilot.”

Seven years later, July 2012 proved to be one of Buddy Guy’s most remarkable years ever. He was awarded the 2012 Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime contribution to American culture; earlier in the year, at a performance at the White House, he even persuaded President Obama to join him on a chorus of “Sweet Home Chicago.” Also in 2012, he published his long-awaited memoir, When I Left Home.

 

Opening for Guy, will be The Rides, whose recent album charted # 1 on The Billboard Blues charts. The super group consists of Stephen Stills (of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young), multi-award winner Kenny Wayne Shepherd, who holds the record for the longest running album on the Billboard Blues chart and Barry Goldberg, who has played alongside everyone from Muddy Waters to Bob Dylan.

 

Concert date: Thursday, 4/6/2017, 8pm

Tickets: $39.50 to $99.50

 

Tickets may be purchased via Ticketmaster.com

More info www.theamppompano.org or CALL 954-519-5500

 

Coming next to The Amp:

 

5/19 | 8pm| $29-$79  George Thorogood and the Destroyers

 

7/15 |8pm| $28-$73    Firefall, Poco, Pure Prairie League

 

Note: I Love the 90s is being rescheduled with a new date to be announced shortly.

 March 22, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Mar 102017
 
Frank Ward

This March, add some good ol’ spice to your weeknight with home-cooked classics, cold suds, and plenty of mega-smooth blues during Blue Tuesdays at the award-winning beachfront hot spot Boston’s on the Beach. Blue Tuesdays also features great food and drink specials, including the boozy Nucklebuster Smash cocktail, Boston’s very own A1A IPA, juicy burgers, jumbo chicken wings, and its signature, double-fisted lobster rolls.

Hosted by “Famous” Frank Ward, Blue Tuesdays’ performances include:

Frank Bang

Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings

March 14: Frank Bang and The Cook County Kings – Born and raised in Chicago, front man Frank Bang credits his melodic success to the legendary Buddy Guy. “It was incredible jamming with Buddy every night for five years,” recalls Bang. “Touring every summer with B.B. King, seeing the world, and playing with your idols. It was an amazing experience.” The Cook County Kings feature Brian “BJ” Jones on drums, Andre Howard on bass guitar, Donnie Nichilo on piano, and Russ Green on the harmonica.

March 21: Captain Reese and Son of Man – Singer and bass player, Captain Reese’s blues renditions ooze vintage cool. His credits include playing live with members of such well-known acts as Sheryl Crow, Carlos Santana, Dizzy Gillespie, Bob Seger, Jeff Beck, and Muddy Waters, just to name a few. He’s joined onstage by “Famous” Frank Ward on guitar and vocals, and Son of Man, which features “One Night Stan” Waldman on saxophone, Tom Regis on keyboard, and John Yarling on drums.

Kat Riggins

Kat Riggins

March 28: Kat Riggins – “I thank God that my passion is my purpose, which is to help preserve this endangered species called ‘The Blues,’” says Kat Riggins, about her love for the genre. From an early age, Riggins was drawn to the smoky, gritty sounds of legendary female artists like Bessie Smith, Nina Simone, Etta James, and Koko Taylor. Born in Miami, Florida, Kat started singing jazz and blues standards in her early 20s, and went on to create a rich, lyrical style that melds blues, hip-hop, and pop with gospel and country. “I sing about raw emotion,” Kat says. “If I can move someone to feel what I feel, it’s all worth it.”

Blue Tuesdays’ performances on the Boston’s stage are from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., every Tuesday evening. No cover. For more information about Blue Tuesdays’ performances, please visit us online at bostonsonthebeach.com/bluetuesdays.

Boston’s on the Beach is located at 40 South Ocean Blvd. A1A, Delray Beach, Florida. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit bostonsonthebeach.com or call 561.278.3364.

 March 10, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »